We have reached the point in the year when millions of Americans will travel across the country to spend time with family and loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving. However, before enjoying a bountiful feast of turkey, stuffing, and settling in to catch some football, Americans must first arrive at their destinations. Here’s a look at what travelers can expect this Thanksgiving holiday, and a few tips to make the journey easier and more enjoyable.
As a result of more affordable gas prices and a reasonably healthy economy, American highways will be much busier than airports or train stations this Thanksgiving holiday. AAA expects that “48.7 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home over the extended weekend, an increase of one million travelers compared with last year and the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007… Some 43.5 million Americans — or 89 percent of all holiday travelers — are projected to drive this Thanksgiving, up 1.9 percent over last year.”
There are several cities that analysts predict will be especially congested due to the holiday. As expected, warmer destinations such as Las Vegas, San Diego, Orlando, and Anaheim are among the top travel destinations. Traffic will also be heavy when traveling to less warm locales, such as New York City, Philadelphia, and Seattle.
Regardless of your location, here are a few travel tips to help improve your Thanksgiving expedition:
Successfully navigating holiday traffic can save both time and a ton of frustration. According to the Travel Channel, “The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year, closely followed by the Sunday after the big day when travelers tear themselves away from the leftovers and football to make the journey home. Avoid these days by flying out on Monday or Tuesday or even Thanksgiving morning to avoid the dreaded Wednesday travel rush.” If you are driving, plan for extra time to arrive and take advantage of the HOV lane.
Save Some Green for Black Friday
After Thanksgiving, holiday shopping and sales are upon us. When traveling for Thanksgiving, you can start saving early by driving a fuel-efficient vehicle to your feast. Leaving your clunker at home this week can save you in the long run.
While some travelers will be flocking to warmer climates for the Thanksgiving holiday, not everyone will be so lucky. Millions of travelers run the risk of traversing through ice, snow, and brutally cold temperatures. Stay safe in these conditions with a vehicle that can make easy work of the snow and is engineered to the highest safety standards.
The Thanksgiving holiday creates the busiest week of the year for highways across the country. You can improve your Turkey Day travels immeasurably by planning ahead, utilizing HOV lanes, and driving a fuel-efficient and safe vehicle. Doing so will ensure that you arrive at your destination on time, safe and sound, and with some extra money in your pocket